Human Head Transplant: Russian Patient May Face 'Fate Worse Than Death'

Dustin Wicksell

A Russian man has volunteered to undergo a dangerous experimental surgery in which his head will be severed and transplanted onto another body, an experience that experts warn could condemn him to a fate worse than death.

Valery Spiridonov suffers from a rare genetic disorder called Werdnig-Hoffman muscle wasting disease. According to IFLScience, this ailment has left the 30-year-old, who hails from Vladimir, Russia, confined to a wheelchair and approaching death. Though he fully admits that he is afraid of the procedure, Spiridonov has volunteered to undergo the world's first human head transplant, a 36-hour-long operation that Italian doctor Sergio Canavero claims he can perform.

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"I would not allow anyone to do it to me, there are a lot of things worse than death."

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"I think we are now at a point when the technical aspects are all feasible," he asserted.

If all goes according to Canavero's plans, the first human head transplant could be attempted as early as next year.

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